The identification of priority topics associated with the production of service and operating manuals was among the notable highlights of the inaugural face-to-face meeting of AEM’s Technical Publications Committee this past April.

Held at AEM’s Product Safety and Compliance Seminar, the committee meeting also led to the selection of volunteers to serve on subcommittees and champion the identified priority topics.

“Our members have expressed significant interest in learning how to best tackle issues faced by their tech pub managers,” said AEM Safety Materials Manager Jaime Vos. “By assembling this committee, AEM is well-positioned to meet their information needs as they relate to service and operating manuals.”

Priority objectives – as determined by the AEM Technical Publications Committee – include:

  • The delivery of technical information technologies – Software/Trends/CMS
  • Standards/Regulations/Directives – Identify recent standards and regulations that could affect technical publications in the near future.
  • Language Translation Laws – Identify requirements and best practices.

Comprised of dozens of individuals from AEM member companies, the Technical Publications Committee was formed in July of 2017 to help technical publication managers write and produce manuals efficiently and effectively, as well as to address a number of concerns related to those efforts.

The committee confirmed volunteers to champion three deep-dive priority topics. They include:

  • Writer Training – What makes a qualified candidate?
  • Standards/Regulations/Directives – How are they communicated and how will they impact materials content?
  • Best Practices – Identify resources currently being used to “say things in the same way.”

Committee members will present their findings on these topics in the coming months.

 “The benefits and takeaways from attending the AEM Tech Pubs Committee face-to-face meeting are far-reaching,” said Generac Technical Publications Manager Pat Hunkins. “From conversations of basic best practices to future state regulation changes that directly affect our industry; these meetings are of true benefit to any publications professional.”

For more information on the AEM Technical Publications Committee, contact AEM Safety Materials Manager Jaime Vos (jvos@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4135).

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